Stable: the quality of a Christian’s heart.

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It is easy to say such things when live goes smoothly with us. But this psalmist says this – Psalm 57: 7 ” My heart is steadfast, God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing, yes, I will sing praises. “, and means it, when all things are dark and disheartening around him. The circumstances in which the psalmist sings are obviously difficult & oppressing. But, he sings himself into “ Confidence & good cheer “. In the hopeless situation, he believes there is ” Light John 8: 12 ” …Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life. “ A heart really based upon God AND AT REST IN HIM. The repetition of ” My heart is fixed ” adds emphasis to the expression of unalterable determination, a steadfast love, a constant thought; these are concepts inculcated in this verse (7). The stable heart is resolved ( or indomitable) to sing and give praise, in spite of everything that might make sobs ( a cry with a short, sudden expulsion of breath ) and tears choke the song.


When he says ” My heart is confident “, he does not merely mean that he is conscious of a steadfast love, but also and rather of a firm and settled determination, and of an abiding communion of thought between himself and God. And, he is not only making this declaration as the expression of his experience for the moment, but he pledges the future, and in so far as any man dare, he ventures to say that this temper of entire conversation, of complete communion of fixed resolve to cleave ( to make or accomplish by ) to God, which is his present mood will be his future whatever his outward life may be then.


The lesson from that resolve is that our Christian life, if it is worth anything, must be a continuous and uniformity acting force throughout our whole lives and not merely sporadic & spasmodic seasons of genuine faith. How to get this continuous and ever-growing faith? The ” panacea ” suggested is by continually making efforts after it, and adopting the means which Christ enjoins to secure it ( hearing-obedience-silence-prayer ). But be sure of this, there will be no such uniformity of faith ( or unwavering faith ) experience throughout our lives, if  we have not made a provision of full  quality moments of solitary communion with the Word. Furthermore, countless hours of strenuous service and life of continual consecration.


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